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RECAP: Tuesday’s Rugby Round-Up…

  • Rugby World Cup 2015 was the most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever 
  • Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi will miss England’s tour to Australia because of a hamstring injury
  • Chris Ashton has rejected the opportunity to play for England Saxons this summer
  • Finn Russell has been ruled out of Scotland’s summer tour to Japan
  • WATCH: Andy Goode reveals he could play rugby again next season
  • Wales captain Sam Warburton is likely to miss Sunday’s game against England

Rugby World Cup 2015 OFFICIALLY the most financially successful to date
According to the official World Rugby website, England 2015 was the most competitive, best attended, most viewed, most socially engaged and most commercially successful of the eight tournaments to date and the biggest sporting event of 2015, reinforcing the tournament as one of the world’s most prestigious sports events.
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during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

The new report outlines how Rugby World Cup 2015 generated £2.3 billion in output, added £1.1 billion to the UK GDP, attracted 406,000 international visitors from 151 nations and supported 34 000 jobs or volunteer roles the length and breadth of the host nation.

World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby World Cup 2015 was a very special and record-breaking global celebration of rugby and its character-building values and widely regarded as the biggest and best Rugby World Cup to date.”

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Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of England’s tour of Australia
Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of England’s tour to Australia because of a hamstring injury, the Rugby Football Union has confirmed.

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He is expected to be out a minimum six weeks, which led to England’s medical staff suggesting it would be better for the Tigers man to sit out the full tour to ensure further injury isn’t risked

“It’s bad luck for Manu so close to the tour but it provides a great opportunity for someone else,” said England Head Coach Eddie Jones. “We wish Manu all the best and a quick recovery.”

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Chris Ashton rejects chance to play for England Saxons
Chris Ashton has turned down the chance to play for England Saxons after being overlooked for the senior squad’s tour of Australia, The Daily Telegraph has revealed.

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The 29-year-old, who last appeared for England in 2014, was on Monday initially named in the Saxons squad for the two-game tour against South Africa A but then declined the place.

Ashton was a surprise omission from Eddie Jones England squad that tours Australia in June.

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Finn Russell to miss Scotland’s tour to Japan due to head injury
Glasgow fly-half Finn Russell will miss Scotland’s summer tour to Japan as he recovers from a head injury.

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The fly-half remains under observation in hospital but is expected to be discharged later this week. His condition has improved significantly and he does not require surgery.

A Glasgow Warriors statement said: “His condition has improved significantly over the last couple of days and it’s been confirmed that he does not require surgery.”

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Sam Warburton set to sit out England clash
Ever since Sam Warburton went off with a shoulder injury that ended his domestic season, his mind will have been focused on getting fit for the New Zealand tour.

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The Wales captain in his bid to regain full fitness though now looks set to sit out of the England match on Sunday as he looks to ensure his recovery remains on course.

Lock Alun Wyn Jones though is likely to return from his heel injury while prop Paul James faces a fitness test on his calf.


WATCH: Andy Goode reveals he could play rugby again next season
Comments made by former England, Newcastle, Worcester, London Irish, Wasps, Leicester Tigers, Brive, Saracens and Natal Sharks player Andy Goode to Premiership Rugby (see video below) have given fans a glimmer of hope: he might be back, but with one condition – he won’t do ‘pre-season’.